Tag Archives: summer reads

At First Blush – Book Review

Summary:

Who would have thought that a teenager could have a successful career creating makeup tutorial videos on YouTube? For Lacey Robbins, this dream has been her reality. An up-and-coming YouTuber, she has thousands of fans and can’t wait for the day when her subscriber count reaches the one million mark. And when she is offered a high school internship at On Trend Magazine, she figures that this could be the make it or break it moment.

But sometimes your dream job isn’t all that it seems. Her editor is only interested in promoting junk products, and her boss in the Hair and Makeup department introduces her to the larger world of makeup artistry, making her wonder if making tutorials online is all she is meant to do. To top it all off, when the magazine’s feature subject, musician Tyler Lance, turns his broodingly handsome smile her way, falling for him could mean losing her fans, forcing her to make a decision: her YouTube life or her real life?

Review:

I loved this book so much! Spring has sprung, and I am fully in the mood for all of the contemporary books. This book definitely didn’t disappoint me!

LaceyBlushes gets the chance of a lifetime when she’s selected for an internship at a magazine, where she’ll vlog all the behind-the-scenes deeds about the magazine’s guest editor, but the experience isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Lacey finds that while things are going great for her YouTube channel, she is losing her passion for making videos. And to top it all off, she’s falling for someone that she never expected to.

I think that this book really did a great job of portraying that sometimes our dreams aren’t all they’re made out to be, and that sometimes we may think that we know what we want in life, when in reality we don’t. I think that that is something that scares a lot of people, myself included. With my college graduation nearing in a couple months, I’m absolutely terrified that once I actually get into the field, I’m not going to love my profession. Only time will tell.

One thing that bothered me about this book was Lacey’s obliviousness to things that were blatantly obvious to everyone else. Over time, this changes though, and Lacey realizes what an idiot she’s been about many things, and things start looking up for her.

I give this book 4.5/5 stars. At First Blush goes on sale April 4.

The Unexpected Everything – Book Review

The Unexpected Everything

Summary:

Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan.

Future? A top-tier medical school.
Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around).
Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else?
Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks.

So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too.

Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all—working as a dog walker, doing an epic scavenger hunt with her dad, and maybe, just maybe, letting the super cute Clark get closer than she expected. Palmer, Bri, and Toby tell her to embrace all the chaos, but can she really let go of her control?

 

Review:

It’s official: I love Morgan Matson’s writing. Everything about her books makes me so happy, and I love that she has the ability to surprise me throughout the course of her novels. Morgan’s characters have real problems and face real issues that they must overcome. The characters in The Unexpected Everything have a great dynamic.

Andie learns a lot about herself and her friends throughout the course of the novel. Throughout the obstacles that she faces, she learns to not take everything so seriously and to live in the now instead of always planning ahead for her future.

The Unexpected Everything makes me wish that summer was still here and that I could take a few lessons from Andie and live a little bit more in the now. Morgan Matson has easily worked her way onto my list of auto-buy authors.

I give The Unexpected Everything 5/5 stars. It is a perfect summer read, or for when you’re just in the mood for a cute, happy contemporary read. You can order it by clicking on the cover image at the top of this post.

Summer of Irreverence – The Rock Star—Blog Tour and Book Review

Summer of Irreverence tour banner

Click on the tour banner above to see the list of the other great blogs that have featured Summer of Irreverence – The Rock Star on this tour!

Summer of Irreverence - The Rock Star—Book Review

Summary:

Straight-laced, veterinary surgeon, Summer Wynters is ready to break the rules. And who better to break them with than the most irreverent of all men, mega rock star Malcolm Angel? With one last summer free from work obligations, Summer moves to New York City, and at the coaxing of her friend, pretends to be a model so she can spend one wild night with Malcolm.

Rock star, Malcolm Angel, tortured by a dark past, may be the poet laureate of romance, but he, like science-minded Summer, has never believed in romantic love. How could he? With his history, he doesn’t deserve to be loved.

When Summer’s honesty, kindness, and exuberance for life changes his perspective, the two discover they are in deeper than either dreamed possible. But when Malcolm discovers Summer’s been perpetuating a lie, will he forgive her? Even if forgiveness is possible, can a man immune to love teach someone else to believe in it?

Add to Goodreads
Review:

This is the perfect summer read for a day at the beach or something else relaxing. It was the perfect blend of sexy and entertaining, and I could not turn the pages fast enough.

I found this story to be relatable, despite how unlikely the whole scenario might seem. Summer and Jeanette’s friendship and dynamic reminded me a lot of the way that my best friend and I act with one another. I could totally see myself setting her up with some guy for a hot, steamy night of fun. They are always there for one another, even though sometimes get a little rocky, and I think that is true for a lot of best friends.

Summer and Malcolm both really matured and grew a lot throughout the course of the book, and it was great to see the changes slowly unfold through the story, but sometimes I just wanted to slap them across the face and tell them to open their eyes. If only they knew what the reader can obviously see was going on.

I am looking forward to seeing what other delights Cathrine Goldstein brings with the rest of The New York Artists series.

I give Summer of Irreverence – The Rock Star 5/5 stars. You can purchase it from Amazon by clicking on the book’s cover image below:

Continue reading Summer of Irreverence – The Rock Star—Blog Tour and Book Review

Game of Fear – Blog Tour and Book Review

Game of Fear tour banner

Click on the tour banner above to see the list of the other great blogs featuring Game of Fear on this tour!

Game of Fear - Book Review

Summary:

Sometimes, good girls do very bad things…

Academic overachiever and popular good girl Abbie Cooper is used to being in control, and strives to keep it that way. As senior year at her elite New England private school kicks off, she’s focused on one goal: getting into the Ivy League. But even good girls have dark secrets. One morning, Abbie discovers a cryptic note in her locker, (“I know what you did, hypocrite! Justice will be served, The Avenger.”) Then a photo arrives in the mail. It captures in great detail the explosive secret she’s kept hidden from everyone—the shocking blunder that could get her expelled from Saint Matthews Academy, and keep her out of the Ivy League for good.

Determined to protect her future and the people she loves, Abbie is drawn into a diabolical game of blackmail, cyber spying, and deception. For $50,000, the mystery girl known as The Avenger assures Abbie that her secret will remain safe. There’s only one problem: The Avenger may not exist at all. So who’s stalking Abbie with anonymous text messages that disappear after they’ve been read? Who’s out to ruin her and why? To uncover the horrifying truth, Abbie must play the game, all the way to its stunning conclusion.

Review:

I was on the edge of my seat the entire time that I was reading this book. I kept trying to figure out who was behind the mysterious messages that Abbie was receiving, but could not for the life of me figure it out. Which is exactly the way that I like books like this to go. I can’t stand when the outcome of a book is so predictable, so to be able to go through the entire thing without being able to decipher who the culprit was is something that I loved about this book. That being said, there were some clues throughout that I noticed in hindsight, but they were subtle.

I feel as though this book was warning me to always be conscientious of what I am doing and who is around because not only do you never know who your actions will affect, but you also never know when your actions will come back to bite you in the ass. Unfortunately, this is a lesson that Abbie learns the hard way.

This book was pretty swoon-worthy (hello, Christian!) and was a pretty fast read for me. I’m actually rather excited that there will be a sequel to this book, as I’m not quite ready to give these characters up just yet. I give this book 4/5 stars. You can order Game of Fear by clicking on the image below:

Continue reading Game of Fear – Blog Tour and Book Review

Into the Dim – Book Review

Into the Dim - Book Review

Plot:

Being “the homeschooled girl,” in a small town, Hope Walton’s crippling phobias and photographic memory don’t help her fit in with her adoptive dad’s perfectly blonde Southern family. But when her mother is killed in a natural disaster thousands of miles from home, Hope’s secluded world crumbles. After an aunt she’s never met invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic. She’s a member of a secret society of time travelers, and is actually trapped in the twelfth century in the age of King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Now Hope must conquer her numerous fears and travel back in time to help rescue her mother before she’s lost for good. Along the way, she’ll discover more family secrets, and a mysterious boy who could be vital to setting her mother free… or the key to Hope’s undoing.

Review:

I adored everything about this book. There was so much detail and thought put into every word on the page. The story captivated me from the beginning and kept me hanging in until the very last page.

Hope has had a bit of a difficult life. She has total recall, so she basically has the world’s best photographic memory. This gives Hope some problems, like occasionally she is just bombarded with information that her brain is feeding her, causing her to overload. Totally understandable. Hope has also never really felt like she fit in, and for good reason (though I won’t get into that here).

Once Hope travels to Scotland to meet her mysterious aunt, her whole life as she’s known it is flipped upside down, and she does surprisingly well with handling the information being thrust upon her.

A few aspects of this book were—wait for it—slightly predictable. I don’t know if it is just because I read so much and can see plot twists coming from miles away, or if these things were just blatant, but it didn’t affect how much I enjoyed the book. Rather it just made me burst out with a “Ugh I knew that was going to happen!”, to which my boyfriend gave me a puzzled look. Other than that, this book was fantastic.

I give this book 4/5 stars, and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series when it comes out. You can order Into the Dim by clicking on the book’s cover image below:

I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

The Body Institute – Book Review

The Body Institute - Book Review

Plot:

Meet Morgan Dey, one of the top teen Reducers at The Body Institute.

Thanks to cutting-edge technology, Morgan can temporarily take over another girl’s body, get her in shape, and then return to her own body-leaving her client slimmer, more toned, and feeling great. Only there are a few catches…

For one, Morgan won’t remember what happens in her “Loaner” body. Once she’s done, she won’t recall walks with her new friend Matt, conversations with the super-cute Reducer she’s been text-flirting with, or the uneasy feeling she has that the director of The Body Institute is hiding something. Still, it’s all worth it in the name of science. Until the glitches start…

Suddenly, residual memories from her Loaner are cropping up in Morgan’s mind. She’s feeling less like herself and more like someone else. And when protests from an anti-Body Institute organization threaten her safety, she’ll have to decide if being a Reducer is worth the cost of her body and soul…

Review:

From the second I got the email about the opportunity to review this book, I knew I had to read it. The description just hooked me and this book didn’t disappoint me in the slightest.

For Morgan, working out is something that she enjoys doing. In society, people are rewarded for being in “good shape”, and they are penalized and fined for being overweight. This is supposed to encourage people to stay in shape so as to relieve stress on the health care system.

From this emerges the Body Institute, where people who are struggling with their weight can go to have someone else’s consciousness implanted into their body to lose the weight, and then after the weight loss is complete, the original person’s consciousness is then restored into the body. Seems like the perfect way to lose weight for all of the lazy people who can afford to do so.

For most people, the idea of the Body Institute is something that just is—it’s not too outlandish to imagine that it is necessary. Some people are concerned by the technology that the system uses, especially those of older generations who aren’t too tech-savvy. But there are a group of protestors who will do anything to see the Body Institute taken down.

Throughout the progression of this book, we see Morgan go from being completely trusting of the technology used to perform the transfers, to a little skeptical, and then questioning everything about the program. Turns out that the program isn’t exactly what she thought it was, and she makes it her personal mission to let everyone know what’s really going on.

The way this society is so obsessed with weight and image is only a slight exaggeration of what our current society looks like. Is it really so hard to imagine that people are so obsessed with weight loss and looking thin that the government would step in and do something to aid the obsession? Not really.

I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

The Heartbreakers – Book Review

The Heartbreakers - Book Review

Plot:

“When I met Oliver Perry, I had no clue he was the lead singer for The Heartbreakers. And he had no idea that I was the only girl in the world who hated his music.”

Stella will do anything for her sick sister, Cara—even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD…for four hours. She’s totally winning best birthday gift this year. At least she met a cute boy with soft brown hair and gorgeous blue eyes while getting her caffeine fix. Too bad she’ll never see him again.

Except, Stella’s life has suddenly turned into a cheesy love song. Because Starbucks Boy is Oliver Perry—lead singer for the Heartbreakers. And even after she calls his music crap, Oliver still gives Stella his phone number. And whispers quotes from her favorite Disney movie in her ear. OMG, what is her life?

But how can Stella even think about being with Oliver—dating and laughing and pulling pranks with the band—when her sister could be dying of cancer?

Review

The Heartbreakers was one of those books where when I was reading it, I was constantly smiling at how cute the story was. Not only did I enjoy it, but I actually wanted the book to have the stereotypical happy ending, which isn’t often the case with me, I tend to want more out of the box, unexpected endings.

Throughout the book, Stella, the main character, really develops from a girl who is afraid to try anything new than what she already knows to a girl who is willing to take risks even though she might get hurt in the end. With the help of her brother and sister, she realizes that things are not always going to be exactly the same, that the three of them aren’t always going to be living at home together and that eventually Stella needs to spread her wings and try to fly.

Stella meets the lead singer of The Heartbreakers—basically this book’s version of One Direction—at a Starbucks. If only things like this could actually happen in real life, am I right? But Stella, who hates the band solely on principle, has no clue who he is, and flirts with him because she finds him attractive. Later on, she discovers that the boy she is crushing on is Oliver Perry, the same boy who fronts the band she despises.

As fate would have it, through an interesting series of events, Stella begins working for the band as their photographer and blogger. As time passes, Stella not only becomes more confident in her photography, but she starts to become friends with the guys of the band and realizes that just because they sing “bubblegummy” music doesn’t necessarily mean that that is who they actually are.

I thought that this book was a really entertaining read, and it had me rushing to get through it to see how it was going to end. I love to guess how books are going to end, and while I wasn’t completely right, I did get a lot of the main things down. I was really excited when I discovered that this book is part one of a series, wherein each of the four books will chronicle the story of one of the four guys who make up The Heartbreakers. Needless to say, I am looking forward to reading the rest of them.

I give this book 5/5 stars for being cute and making me not want to put it down.

The Heartbreakers goes on sale August 4. You can preorder it by clicking on the book’s cover image above.

I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.